MedScape, August 4, 2017
Ken Terry


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President Trump today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon roll out a new virtual visit service called VA Video Connect along with a new smartphone app for appointment scheduling. VA Video Connect will allow any VA physician to conduct a telehealth visit with any veteran anywhere in the country, either on a mobile device or on a computer.

"This will significantly expand access to care to our veterans, especially for those who need help in the area of mental health, which is a bigger and bigger request, and also in suicide prevention," Trump said in a press conference at VA headquarters. "It will make a tremendous difference for the veterans in rural locations in particular."

VA Video Connect is already being used by more than 300 providers at 67 hospitals and clinics across the country, noted Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD.

"We're removing geography as a barrier so that we can speed access to veterans and honor our commitment to them," he said. "That means we'll be able to use VA providers in cities where there are a lot of doctors, and be able to use those doctors to help our veterans in rural areas where there aren't many healthcare professionals." [...]

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